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What is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law applies when one has been injured by another negligent party. Personal injury law could apply to a variety of different circumstances. Almost all accidents fall under personal injury law. It is very important that you seek an experienced personal injury attorney that is knowledgeable in your specific accident that you have suffered.
What is Negligence?
The majority of personal injury lawsuits fall under a negligence legal theory. This means that the at fault party was negligent in causing the victim injuries. For example, in order to prove negligence, you need to show:
- The defendant had a duty to the plaintiff to act within a reasonable standard of care
- The defendant breached their duty when they failed to follow the reasonable standard of care
- Because of their breach, the defendant caused the plaintiff to suffer injuries
- The plaintiff suffered damages from their injuries
What type of cases does a personal injury attorney handle?
There are several different types of personal injury accidents that a personal injury attorney will be able to help you with. This includes:
- Car accidents: examples of personal injury car accidents include hit and run accidents, T-Bone accidents, rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, side-impact collisions, sideswipe, multiple vehicle accidents, rollover car accidents, blind spot accidents, low speed accidents, merging car accidents. The most common examples of car accidents, especially in Los Angeles are Uber and Lyft accidents. Car accidents could lead to very severe catastrophic injuries, that is why it is important that you hire an experienced car accident attorney that will investigate your claim and determine how the at-fault party is liable in causing your injuries.
- Dog bite accidents: this occurs when a dog’s owner is negligent in preventing their dog from biting another. A dog bite injury victim may have a claim against the dog owner for the injuries suffered. Dog bite injuries could be very devastating, and could include aggravating injuries such as infection, or internal bleeding.
- Nursing home abuse: nursing home abuse cases involve holding facilities and / or nursing home employees accountable for any nursing home abuse and neglect. Examples of nursing home abuse include overdose, poor hygiene, failing to administer medication, unexplained bruises, etc.
- Bus accidents: this occurs when you have been involved in an accident with a Metro, tour bus, minibus, shuttle, school bus, low-floor bus, etc. Because of the large size and heavy weight, bus accidents could result in very severe and permanent disabilities.
- Premises liability: This is a legal claim that an injured party asserts when they have suffered injuries on another person’s property. Premises liability holds property owners liable when they do not hold their property in a reasonably safe manner. When a guest or a trespasser is injured on another’s property, they could claim premises liability under a variety of instances, including slip and fall accidents, electrocution from negligent wiring, negligent or lack of security, swimming pool drowning accidents, exposure to harmful chemicals, etc.
- Product liability: product liability claims occur when a victim is injured by a defective product. There are several federal, California, and Nevada laws that protect an injured victim from suffering injuries from defective products. Product liability claims could hold the product manufacturer and the product retailer liable for selling a dangerous product and putting it on the market.
- Medical malpractice: this occurs when a victim is injured as a result of medical professional negligence. A variety of medical professionals could be held liable under a medical malpractice claim, such as doctors, nurses, doctors assistance, surgeons, physical therapists, pharmacists, hotel facility managers, radiologists, urgent care centers, anesthesiologists, etc. Examples of medical malpractice cases include medical missed diagnosis, birth injuries, birth defects, and negligent surgeries.
- Workers’ compensation: if a victim is injured while at work, they will be able to assert a worker’s compensation claim against their employer for compensation. Both California and Nevada law require employers to cover the employee’s medical costs, and lost wages if the employee has been permanently or temporarily disabled from an injury that has occurred while working.
- Assault: assault and battery are usually criminal charges; however you are also able to file civil charges against someone who has assaulted you for compensation for personal injuries suffered. Usually, assault and / or battery claims could be very complex, especially if there are multiple parties involved. To determine if you could receive compensation for the assault or battery you have suffered, contact our personal injury attorneys today.
- Wrongful death: this occurs when the injured victim has passed away due to a negligent party. In wrongful death claims, the decedent’s family members will be able to assert their rights and seek compensation for funeral expenses, burial expenses, along with loss of consortium and loss of society.
When Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
It is important to remember that each state has a different statute of limitations as to when a victim could file a claim against the at fault party. If you file your claim against the negligent party too late, you could risk losing your entire right to file a lawsuit and seek compensation. For example, California and Nevada have very different statute of limitations depending on the circumstances of the claim. To determine what the statute of limitations are for your specific personal injury claim, contact our top-rated personal injury attorneys today.
What Kind of Compensation Could I Receive For My Personal Injuries?
There are a variety of damages you can receive from the at-fault party in a personal injury lawsuit. Examples of compensation include:
- Past lost wages: this refers to the wages you missed out on while in the hospital or suffering from the injuries.
- Future lost wages: this refers to the future hours that you could potentially miss as a result of the injuries. Usually, permanent disabilities will result in a larger amount of future lost wages.
- Hospital bills: this refers to the costs associated with the medication and treatments received, along with the hospital stays and physical therapy required.
Who Are Potential Defendants in Personal Injury Lawsuits?
The different examples of defendants include:
- Product manufacturers
- Products retailers
- Business owners
- Drivers of cars
- Bus drivers
Our attorneys understand that suffering an injury could have devastating and lifelong consequences. Oftentimes, personal injuries suffered could result in permanent disabilities, examples of injuries suffered from personal injury lawsuits include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
Contact our experienced California personal injury lawyers today for a free no risk consultation to discuss whether you have a claim against the at fault party, along with what type of compensation you could receive for your injuries.
***Disclaimer: This page is created by Heidari Law Group for educational purposes. This article provides a general understanding of the law. It does not provide specific advice. By using this site and reading through this page, there is no attorney-client relationship created between you and any member of Heidari Law. Further, due to the constant change of the law, some parts of the information above may no longer be good law.